These Are a Few of My Favorite Nail Stickers

My last manicure consisted of stars, hearts and skulls.

Aug 15, 2012 at 4:30pm | Leave a comment

I've been getting regular Calgel manicures for over a year now. Some people say gel manicures are dangerous, but what can I say? I don't smoke or do drugs and rarely drink, so I have to find a way to get the pulse racing every now and again.

When it comes to my fingers, I'm a bit of a creature of habit. I love glitter (NO KIDDING!) and so whenever I get my nails done, I usually just pick a color of glitter and let them have it.

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See?

But I'm not entirely opposed to new things. My manicurist, from the amazing Sakura Nails here in New York, recently convinced me to give these fantastic stickers a try. My last manicure consisted of stars, hearts and skulls.

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I mean, really.

Yesterday, she showed me these psychedelic doily nail stickers. I couldn't resist. I think they're so Granny Takes A Trip, and I was massively inspired by Alison's piece encouraging us to be crazy old ladies while we're still young.

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I tried to find to where they buy their nail stickers in a subsequent phone call, but she was tight-lipped about where they came from. My guess is somewhere really cool and top secret in Japan.

But if you'd like to give nail stickers a try, you can buy them online and do it at home. Some of the coolest stickers I've seen are sold on Etsy. I adore these comic book word bubbles, typography nail stickers and chevron nail stickers. There's even Morrissey nail stickers. Amazing.

I also think there are a lot of fun opportunities in spelling out words across your nails -- like knuckle tattoos but with less chance of turning your mother's hair entirely white. You can give it a shot with these LOVE/HATE block letters, though I am sure you can find a regular alphabet set somewhere!

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Art enthusiasts can cover their nails with Van Gogh's Starry Night or Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Other ideas: Batman, Mickey Mouse, extreme patriotism, polka dots (SO cute and very "on trend" for those of you who care about that kind of thing), Barbie or shoes!

The trick to applying a good nail sticker is to stick it onto a smooth surface, so buff your nails and paint them as neatly as you can manage beforehand. You might also want to use a toothpick to help move the sticker & press out any air bubbles. Once you have it in position, cover it with a couple of layers of clear top coat. Then go out and waggle your fingers precariously close to people's eyeballs.